Tuesday, December 2, 2008

World of Warcraft: Easy way to get Higher Learning achievement

Today I discovered a little nasty trick, on how to easy complete this achievement easily. But first, a little explanation on this achievement.

To get this one, you need to find and read 8 different books in Dalaran. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Well it's not. Each book has a fixed spawn within the city (see map below), so this makes it bit easier to find them. Now this book shares spawn with other - useless - books (which are however worth reading as they are pretty funny). Once you've read a book (the right one or the dummies), it will despawn after 3 minutes. The respawn timer is between 1.5 and 3 hours and chances are, that the wrong book will spawn.

Higher Learning locations map (click on the map for bigger version):

Higher Learning Spawn Locations Map

Now comes the trick: Every time a server is restarted, all the books in Dalaran will respawn, however not always the correct one needed for the achievement. So there are two easy ways to get it:

  1. You wait until Server maintenance and until the servers are brought back online and check all the spots above. 3 minutes should be enough to check all the spawns for the books. This is the most reliable way to do it.
  2. This one is more based on luck, but since the release of 3.0 patch (back in September), the servers are pretty unstable especially since the release of Wrath of the Lich King and some zones, especially Northrend, crash very often during peak times. Every time a server crashes all books will respawn too. Typically this can only be used on some high population servers which are pretty instable during evening hours.

    The typical signs of a server crash are disconnect to the login character list screen and a "World server is not available" message when trying to login. Sometimes the books doesn't respawn, this means that the server didn't crashed just that the users were disconnected from the servers. Usually the server will go down again within the next few minutes, but this time the books will be there for sure.

Have fun book hunting

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